Lincoln Book Festival tickets go on sale

Tickets for the eighth Lincoln Book Festival, set to take place between Wednesday, May 11 and Sunday, May 15, are now on sale.

The festival attracts local, national and international writers and artists and celebrates both historical and contemporary works of art spanning from Lincolnshires past with the Magna Carta and Tennyson, to new writing.

Taking place in 12 venues across Lincoln, this year’s festival will feature renowned poets Brian Patten and Attila the Stockbroker, and favourite authors including award-winning crime writer Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah and Lincolnshire’s Margaret Dickinson.

The festival patron, Sir Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate 1999-2009), will be performing at the Drill Hall on Thursday, May 12. See full schedule.

Motion said: “Lincoln Book Festival is a bold and ambitious programme that brings very interesting and enjoyable events into the region and also excitingly connects the region with itself and the wide world.”

Other events take place at various University of Lincoln venues, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln College, The Lawn and The Lincoln Hotel.

Tickets for some of the events are free, while tickets for priced events start at £3 and can be purchased via Lincoln Drill Hall.

Friends of the Book Festival also receive a 10% discount on all tickets, but you will need a yearly membership, starting at £15.

On Saturday May 14, a Children’s Fest Day sponsored by the Lincolnshire Co-operative is also being held at The Drill Hall to bring literacy alive to children.

The day will include storytelling, workshops and activities for all age groups. Authors such as Michael Cox, Jonathan Stroud, Cathy Watts, Alex Bell and Cathy Brett, plus Helen McCormick and her Dramabugs, will be taking part.

The search is on for Lincolnshire’s favourite book with Lincoln Book Festival asking people to vote for their best-loved titles until May 6.

The voting takes place on the festival’s Facebook Page, where people can choose from a list of 20 popular titles or add their own to the list.

Photo: Tony Husband